Why Tooth Extraction Must Not Be Delayed

October 20, 2020 - By Bruce Michaelson
Why Tooth Extraction Must Not Be Delayed

It is normal to experience an initial panic as you visit your dentist for a tooth extraction. However, this need not be the case as endodontists are skilled professionals who only refer extractions when absolutely necessary. It is crucial to maintain and keep your permanent teeth healthy for as long as possible, and in some cases, this entails having your tooth extracted for good oral health continuance. 

Some of the reasons that require tooth extraction include:

Damaged tooth: In case the tooth has cracked or broken near the gum line and if there is not much of the tooth left to save, you will require extraction. The endodontist will be able to assess if there is any chance to save the permanent teeth, but in some cases, it is best to get the tooth extracted as a whole. 

Tooth decay: When a decayed tooth has been repeatedly repaired and cleaned by a dental hygienist, further repair could lead to other problems. In this case, an endodontist can assess and confirm if you necessarily require extraction and do the needful. 

Gum disease: Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. Gum diseases are usually caused by poor oral hygiene, poor physical health, other medications, tobacco, and even lifestyle. In these cases, you might need a tooth extraction too.

Physical trauma: If you suffered from an accident or injury: which exposed your teeth to physical trauma, you will have to get your damaged teeth extracted to avoid further complications.

Wisdom teeth: Otherwise known as third molars, these teeth often come and pose problems like overcrowding, which may require tooth extraction. 

If you are concerned about dental implants and extraction, you can consult our oral surgeon to discuss further on the best way to go about the procedure.

Why You Should Not Delay Tooth Extraction

The reasons not to delay tooth extraction include: 

Infection: You do not want to delay the extraction if any infection is present as it can deteriorate your oral health and cause other problems. If you take medications to stop the swelling, the swelling will continue once you stop the medication. 

If you delay the treatment and wait to feel the symptoms again, the infection can advance and neutralize the local anesthetic; this can make the entire process of extraction painful.

Delayed extractions: During extraction, a large area of the bone and tooth is exposed. During the treatment, there is a small risk that the bacteria may spread to the tissues and the bloodstream. If the endodontist can extract the tooth when there are no symptoms, there are lesser chances for the bacterial spread, and the infection can be controlled. 

Cracked tooth: If you have a cracked tooth, the endodontist can determine whether the tooth can be saved or not. If the specialist suggests that the tooth has to be extracted, this means that it is best to carry on with extractions to prevent the onset of other symptoms. 

It is crucial to saving your permanent teeth, but in some cases, the best option is to get the tooth extracted. Since the teeth, gums, and mouth are connected to other vital organs, you have to be extremely careful. Consult our dental clinic and check if your damaged teeth require extraction. 


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